Restaurants in Phoenix
Despite its unassuming strip mall location in Paradise Valley, this tiny Japanese restaurant has an inviting interior with bamboo ceiling panels, decorative screens, and soft jazz background tunes.
Grab a burger or salad at this sleek Old Town Scottsdale restaurant that opened in 1988 as a café and watering hole with casual bar food and drinks and late-night dancing.
This chic yet informal burger joint (the design is heavy on stainless steel and glass) serves salads (the beet variety is particularly tasty) and sandwiches, but patrons really come for the cow.
Named the "Best Pizza in America" by Every Day with Rachael Ray, Pizzeria Bianco in downtown Phoenix’s Heritage Square turns out brick-oven gourmet pizzas behind a brick façade dominated by large windows, with “PIZZERIA BIANCO” in bold letters above them.
Founded in 2002, Phoenix's Barrio Cafe offers a taste of Mexico in both atmosphere and flavor. The menu is focused on southern Mexico cuisine, with a number of co-founder Silvana Salcido Esparza's own creations available.
Try a "karmic colada" - soy, coconut, strawberries, and a heart-strengthening shot of gac fruit.
Situated in a residential neighborhood near Camelback Mountain, Hermosa Inn’s flagship restaurant serves American-Southwest cuisine, using fresh herbs and produce from an on-site garden.
Located on the north side of town, Andreoli Italian Grocer is both an Italian restaurant and a store selling imported Italian specialty items. Chef, owner, and Italy native Giovanni Scorzo offers an authentic menu of Italian classic dishes using family recipes.
Noca, which stands for "north of Camelback," is helmed by acclaimed chef Chris Curtiss and owner Eliot Wexler. Despite its unassuming strip mall location, the restaurant has an inviting interior with chandeliers, an open kitchen, and closely packed tables that create a lively atmosphere.
From the menus on vintage metal clipboards to the cash register—which says, “You’re Pretty”—attention to detail is paramount at this sweet breakfast and lunch spot that opened in 2007.
Located in the open-air garden of Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix, True Food Kitchen serves “globally inspired cuisine” with an emphasis on freshness, health and flavor. True Food is a certified green restaurant where dishes are made with locally grown produce, and the menus are based on Dr.
Phoenix has many Mexican restaurants, but this one gets extra points for ambience, creativity, and affordability. It’s a neighborhood hangout, but instead of vinyl booths and plastic tables, it favors dark wood and Diego Rivera prints.
Get a literal taste of Native American culture at Kai, which means “seed” in the Pima language. The restaurant at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort south of Phoenix incorporates indigenous plants grown on the Gila River Indian Community’s land.
Think of Arcadia Tavern as a sports bar you can actually bring the kids to. Half the restaurant is dedicated to draft beers and with a couple of dozen big TVs, broadcasting a variety of games. The other half is a restaurant/playroom with video games and kid-sized tables.